5 euro: 2012 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship

Series: Finland: Commemorative 5 euro coins

5 euro 2012 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship - 2012 - Series: Commemorative 5 euro coins - Finland

On the decision of the Ministry of Finance, Mint of Finland will publish a collector coin on 13th April 2012 in honour of the 2012 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship. The company will celebrate the release of the collector coin in advance in the Kamppi shopping Centre in Helsinki on 5th April between 8 am and 6 pm. At the event, all ice hockey fans can purchase the coin in advance for its nominal value of five euros.

Mint of Finland is also enthusiastically waiting for the start of the 2012 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship. The championship fever will start in advance on 5th April in Kamppi, when Mint of Finland presents the 2012 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship collector coins. In this advance marketing event, everybody can buy the ice hockey coin for five euros in a circulation grade quality without packaging, as well as a polished version of the coin packed in a folder telling the story of the coin.

"At this event, we will exceptionally offer a batch of circulation standard ice hockey coins before the official date of issue. We have received plenty of feedback with wishes that the coins could be obtained directly from the manufacturer for their nominal value. We are expecting many ice hockey fans, collectors and gift buyers to attend the event", says Henna Karjalainen, Communications Director at Mint of Finland.

In addition to the collector coins, Mint of Finland also offers 2012 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship coin sets approved by IIHF, which records all this year's circulation coins as freshly minted matt BU versions.

Officially the 2012 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship collector coin will be available for sale on 13th April, when it can be purchased as a polished coin from the Mint of Finland's outlet webstore. The collector coins in circulation quality will be on offer in our webstore in 10-piece bags.

The ice hockey coin of the decade

A total of 120,000 of the 2012 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship collector coins will be minted. Of these, 20,000 will be minted in polished, i.e. in proof quality, and 180,000 as circulation coins, i.e. in UNC quality.

The ring of the collector coin, which weighs 9.8 grams, is made of aluminium bronze and the centre is copper-nickel. The coin's diameter is 27.25 millimetres. This 2012 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship collector coin is designed by architect Petri Neuvonen.

The reverse side of the collector coin depicts a player with the puck at a face-off, when the score is still even. The obverse side depicts a puck flying into the goal, the conclusion of the match.

In previous decades, Mint of Finland has released, authorised by the Ministry of Finance, collector coins for Ice Hockey World Championships in 2003, 1991 and 1982.